Flooring has great aesthetic values but the comfort and energy efficiency they can provide is an added and all-too-important benefit of using the right flooring for your home. Underfloor heating, otherwise known as UFH, is a great way to keep your home warm and comfortable. But you need the right flooring to match the effectiveness of your underfloor heating. Ready to optimize your living experience? These are the best types of flooring to use with underfloor heating in your home.
Ceramic, porcelain, and stone tiles have some of the highest thermal conductivity among the most popular flooring, making them a perfect addition for underfloor heating. Added to the fact that they are versatile, stylish, water-resistant, and low maintenance, ceramic tiles are a great choice for underfloor heating in high moisture areas like the kitchen or bathroom.
2) Polished Screed & Resin
The increasing popularity of polished screens and resins as floor finishes is attributed to their durability and versatility in colors and designs. Another important benefit is the fact that they are highly conductive, which means that, when paired with underfloor heating, they can take away the cold feel of hard flooring and optimize the heating for your floor. The heat transfer by polished screeds and resins lasts longer on the floor surface and they are the perfect flooring for a modern-themed interior.
3) Solid & Engineered Wood
Engineered floor coverings are an excellent alternative to cut costs on the expensive installation of hardwood flooring. Solid hardwood and softwoods are used, alongside timber, to cover the topmost layer of the floor and due to their structural integrity, these engineered floorings are efficient with underfloor heating. They transfer heat well, have great design qualities, and come in a variety of styles, finishes, and colors to give the perfect combo of function and aesthetics.
4) Vinyl & Linoleum
Other stylish and durable flooring to pair with underfloor heating are vinyl and linoleum materials. The exquisite quality of vinyl puts a luxurious finish to your flooring, with good heat efficiency to optimize your underfloor heating. It is the perfect choice for a traditional design layout, and in rooms that require minimal heating.
5) Carpet & Rugs
Carpets and rugs are some of the most comfortable and aesthetic flooring materials, and they also work great with underfloor heating. To determine the heat efficiency of a carpet, the Thermal Overall Grade (TOG) value, of both the carpet and underlay, must not exceed 2.5.
The best type of flooring to use with underfloor heating is a material that can optimally transfer warmth from the underfloor heating to the floor surface. Any of the floorings we have listed can be perfect for your home, depending on your other needs and factors for selections.